2014 StarChefs.com Coastal New England
Rising Stars

2014 StarChefs.com Coastal New England
Rising Stars

Rising Stars Award Winners


Chefs Tyler Burnley and Chad Hoffer 
Thames Street Kitchen | RI

Chef Chris Fischer
Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant | MA

Chef Mayumi Hattori
Straight Wharf | MA

Chef Evan Hennessey
Stages at One Washington | NH

Chef Matt Jennings
Farmstead Inc. | RI

Chef Ravin “Bas” Nakjaroen
Long Grain | ME

Chef Jake Rojas
Tallulah on Thames | RI

Chef Dan Sauer
7a Foods | MA

Chef Patrick Soucy
Ceia Kitchen + Bar | MA

Chef Ben Sukle
birch | RI

Chefs Andrew Taylor and Michael Wiley
Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s | ME

Chef Justin Walker
Earth at Hidden Pond | ME

Hotel Chef

James Hackney
Twenty-Eight Atlantic at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | MA

Sustainability Chef

Chef Derek Wagner
Nicks on Broadway | RI

Community Chef

Chef James Mark
north | RI

Pastry Chefs

Melissa Denmark
Gracie’s | RI

Ilma Lopez
Piccolo | ME


Bennett Coffey and Kyleen Keenan
Not Your Sugar Mamas | MA


Peter Kobulnicky, Ian Cappelano, and Mike Lingwall
Foremost Baking Company | RI

Eli Cayer
Urban Farm Fermentory | ME


Will Pratt
Tandem Coffee Roasters | ME

Eric Lepine
New Harvest Coffee Roasters | RI


Nathan Sanborn
Rising Tide Brewery | ME


Tanya McDonough
Straight Wharf and Ventuno | MA


Andrew Volk
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club | ME

Jay Carr
The Eddy | RI


Nancy Batista-Caswell
Caswell Restaurant Group | MA

Host Chef

Kevin Hale
Providence Biltmore Hotel | RI

  • How to Make it Panel

    Join us as our Rising Stars discuss how they "made it" in the challenging culinary profession.

    Monday, April 14
    2pm to 3:30pm

    Johnson & Wales University
    8 Abbot Park Place
    Providence, RI 02903

    Johnson and Whales University

    Charity Partner

    The Rhode Island Community Food Bank feeds the hungry throughout the state. They are a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by community organizers. Over the past 30 years, the Food Bank has grown steadily to become a vital part of the state's hunger safety net. In 2013, they distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food through a network of 178 member agencies. They also sponsor a variety of direct service programs designed to better the lives of the poor. These include a Community Kitchen culinary job training program, Kids Cafe after-school meals program, and Community Cooking: Wholesome Eating on a Budget nutrition education program.

    La Cocina

  • Honorees Dinner

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Hosted by Chef Brian Kingsford

    262 South Water Street
    Providence, RI 02903

    This is a private event – invitation only

    Co-hosted by:

    • Gabriel Frasca
    • Matt Gennuso
    • Ken Oringer
    • Ellen Slattery
    • Beau Vestal

    Industry-only After-party

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Hosted by Vito Lantz

    The Dorrance
    60 Dorrance Street
    Providence, RI 02903

    Attendance limited to foodservice professionals only



    Special Travel Offer
    Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15
    Based on availability

    Providence Biltmore

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